Affirming Your Camera Settings Before Shooting A Wedding
There are so many camera settings to choose from and sometimes even the professionals need a little reminder on what settings to use when shooting. In this blog post, you'll learn exactly how to set up your camera settings before shooting a wedding.
Tip #1: Aperture Priority - We know... manual is the best and you’re not a pro if you don't shoot in the manual settings mode. However, if you're shooting the Bride getting ready in front of a window, then her dad walks in to see her for the first time and he is standing in a dimly lit doorway, the quickest way to get that shot is aperture priority for a clearer shot. In addition to aperture priority, you should have auto ISO set to ON and your minimum shutter speed set to 1/200, and max ISO set to 12,800. With these settings you can walk around looking for moments and not have to worry about your shutter speed.
Tip #2: Back-Button Focus - When you first start shooting with your camera, it's likely that you'll have it setup like every other camera you've owned. A lot of cameras come with the factory setting that when you press the shutter button half way down, it focuses on a subject. The if you want to take a picture, you push the button all the way down. Sounds familiar right?
Yet, there are a couple problems that photographers generally run into when shooting like this. One problem can occur when you're taking a picture in single-shot autofocus (AF-S) and the focus locks; then it stays locked until the button is half-pressed again. This is how many photographers normally shoot. You can focus on a subject and then adjust the framing to how I you it because the subject won't always align with the focus point. In this situation, if you're trying to focus on the Bride and she starts walking toward you, she will now be out of focus and you'll miss the shot! The way to fix this is by switching to continuous autofocus (AF-C) and now whatever your focus point is on, your camera will constantly adjust focus as the subject moves toward or away from you. Not all parts of your gig will require continuous autofocus. For example, with group shots, you should be alright to use autofocus when taking images of the Bride & Groom, but if you're taking shots of the whole family, there will be movement in there, so continuous autofocus is better for this setup. You should learn how to adjust your camera settings to focus accordingly for the situation to ensure that you get the shot.
Tip #3: Forget About Flash - Honestly, where wedding photography is concerned, the flash option is usually just a hindrance as a camera setting. Nothing is more annoying than hitting that little flash button by accident and having the pop-up flash spring into action. A lot of people just tape the thing down and call it a job well done. Some photographers do use flash photography in certain environments, but you have to know what you're doing and choose your situation wisely before using flash photography. It's a bit of a risky game causing over exposure and blackened backgrounds throughout the photos. This isn't usually something that couple's go for when visualising their wedding album, every detail is wanted, even if it's something right at the back of the image which is usually something to do with the location or guests wandering around. If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of flash photography, check out our article for more information.
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